Varsity wrestling is back from its State meet in Columbia, where it placed 13th overall.
Four senior and one sophomore qualified for State: seniors Patrick Megown, Tyler Lawson, Lamont Wilson and Jalen Miles, and sophomore Noah Perkins.
Individually, senior Tyler Lawson placed third place in his weight class of 126 lbs, and senior Lamont Wilson placed second in his weight class of 113 lbs.
Wilson has wrestled for four years, and he has qualified for state three times during his high school career, he said.
Wilson joined wrestling because his parents told him he needed to get active his freshman year. He decided to do wrestling because it is a sport where he could win knowing that is was strictly him who won that match; however he can also be a part of a team and support his teammates when needed.
“I tried it out, but I didn’t really have a choice. My parents made me do wrestling. They didn’t want me to gain weight doing nothing at home, so that’s how I got into wrestling,” Wilson said. “I am glad that I did get decide to do wrestling.”
The team brought five athletes to State.
Districts were Feb. 14, in Farmington, and the Statesmen took six place as a team.
Senior SeVana Bierman, senior, has been with the wrestling team for three years. She wrestled her freshman and sophomore year and currently is currently a manager with junior Mia Berg, senior Tiffany Nguyen, senior Abby Hoffman and senior Sara Thomas.
“My sophomore year I messed up my knee at a tournament in Oakville, and I decided that even though I couldn’t wrestle, I still wanted to stay with the team because they are family to me, but I didn’t want to get hurt again,” said Bierman.
“I think the team did overall very well at Districts. We came in there, and we had our head on our shoulders. We were focused and went in there and did what we needed to do, so overall I think we did a great job bringing five athletes to State,” said Bierman.
“We haven’t had a state champion since 1993, but I am very proud on how they did this year,” said head wrestling coach, James LeMay. “Everyone worked hard. We didn’t had a single wrestler that didn’t win a match, so I am very proud of the team overall.”
Lawson lost in the semi-finals to Matt Schmitt from Platte County, and Wilson lost to Dakota Brunson from Neosho.